State Senator Deb Peters

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Starting November first, the state of South Dakota will collect sales taxes from online purchases.

This comes after years of political wrangling and a US Supreme Court decision that allows the state to require online retailers to remit sales tax from purchases.

When South Dakota lawmakers passed a bill several sessions ago that requires online vendors to remit sales tax to the state, the legislation carried an automatic injunction incase the bill was challenged in court.

It was.

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The Senate wants more disclosures and a navigable website to monitor documents that recipients and sub-recipients have with grant money.

These requirements would target entities like Mid-Central Educational Co-op, which mishandled federal Gear-Up grant dollars.

However, there was some dispute over the length of time those documents should be retained.

State Senator Deb Peters is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 100. She’s also chair of the Government Operations and Audit Committee, that’s taking a close look at what’s known as the Gear Up scandal.

Jenifer Jones

Lawmakers received a roughly hour and a half professional development training. The training centered on ethics, code of conduct and sexual harassment.

A national group that advocates for state legislatures gave the presentation.

Brian Weberg is with the National Conference of State Legislatures. He gave part of the training on recognizing sexual harassment when it occurs..